We stumbled upon this gem as we strolled the mean streets of Vancouver. Just kidding, everyone is actually really nice there. We love a good burger to satisfy our day. Combine that with a retro setting and you don’t even have to ask us…we’ll just show up.
Moderne Burger is one of those places you might see on TV. That’s because it’s been on TV! We happened to be there later at night as it was closing, which gave us some time to chat with the owner, who proudly told us that everything on the menu is locally sourced, including the potatoes for the fries. The beef is grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. We definitely give this place an A+ for the great atmosphere and amazing, healthy food. The natural aspect of the menu was obvious at the first bite.
We sometimes get mistaken for a food blog because we document so many restaurants. Although we always enjoy a good meal (and it was good!), we document restaurants for their atmosphere, business model, or something else that’s completely unique about them. The meticulously detailed retro design and feel of Moderne Burger made it the perfect fit to be featured on UndiscoveredWanderings. Did we mention it’s been on TV shows? That should be a sign of its authenticity. See our gallery below, plus check out the links to see which of your favorite shows have filmed there.
We love British Columbia. Maybe that’s evident from all the BC-related posts on this site. If you’re looking for something different and want to get away from civilization for a while, Callaghan Lake Provincial Park is the place to go. It’s not in the remote Canadian Arctic, but it’s far enough away to become one with nature for a while. It’s about a two-hour drive north of Vancouver, with a good chunk of that drive being on a gravel road–at least it was that way in 2009.
Be aware that there might not be much in the way of facilities. Maybe an outhouse, but that’s about it.
If you feel isolated and decide you need to connect with people again, Whistler, where all the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine events were held, is only an hour away. It’s an Aspen-like place. Basically, your typical ski village.
Unlike the grueling climb at Grouse Grind, Vancouver’s Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a nice, easy stroll through the woods. A quick drive from the city center, this place looks like something out of a Lord of the Rings movie. Nature at its best. Lots of tall trees.
When we visited Vancouver (our favorite Canadian city) a few summers ago, we wanted to do something extreme, so we went to Grouse Mountain. It’s not a completely vertical climb to the top, but the abnormally steep, two-mile trail is, in one word, challenging. There’s a reason the trail is called the Grouse Grind. Grouse Mountain itself is a popular ski destination in the winter, although we recommend the ski lifts for that.
Located across the harbor in North Vancouver, the Grind is not Everest, but it’s definitely not the bunny trail, either. It’s actually dangerous (see yellow sign image), so climb at your own risk and please be safe. By the time we got to the top, we were drenched in sweat. Good thing we rode the cable car sky tram back down.